Performance and Production Arts

Study performance & production arts at Newcastle College

Our performing arts courses look to develop your technical ability as an actor, singer or dancer, whilst our production arts courses teach you the technical skills to support productions and performances. Students from both disciplines benefit from tutors who have experience in the industry meaning you benefit from learning from those who know what it takes to succeed.

Our courses offer a diverse range of pathways and include creative, performance and artistic aspects of your chosen subject, balanced with the required technical knowledge. You may decide to enter employment with the key employment skills you will have acquired whilst on the course or decide to progress academically to one of our Foundation Degrees.


Typically, if you have less than 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or below:

Typically, if you have or are predicted 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above:

Typically, if you have or are predicted 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above:


If you have no GCSEs, you can undertake an Access to Further Education Performing Arts course, which will help you to develop your core subjects as well as English and maths.

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Based in our Performance Academy, you have access to:

  • 250 seat theatre with retractable seats and fly tower
  • a studio theatre
  • nine dance and acting studios with sprung floors, barres and mirrors
  • experimental theatre hub.

Employer links

Our courses offer workshop opportunities with visiting practitioners and choreographers. You will also benefit from close links with local theatre and production companies. Our partners include Royal Shakespeare Company, Open Clasp Theatre Company, Ballet Lorent, Overcoming Theatre and Northern Stage. Previous students have also benefitted from workshops run by visiting choreographers including Celeste Hay, Lee Proud, Mark Stuart Hedges, Oliver Tompsett and Cynthia Erivo.